First! Ask questions… that’s what any student does.
If the instructor makes you look stupid… You asked a stupid question… You’ll learn… BUT DO NOT STOP ASKING QUESTIONS… EVER!
You’ll start asking intelligent questions… Why is a technique the way it is? Are there any alternatives? Can we figure out something more effective?
A good instructor will be able to explain why there aren’t, why the technique is the way it is… Exactly how and why it’s perfected that way…. Why there are no alternatives.
You’ll soon ask questions that are ahead of the instructors lesson plan (you’ll see the look in their eyes!)… You’re ahead of the instructors training or lesson plan… If he’s a good instructor, he’ll bring you out to ask the question in front of everyone (and not to make you look stupid)… and show the next technique (he had it planned, and was hoping someone would the question!)
He’ll thankyou for asking the question.
You can see what can go wrong with the technique, and you’re already thinking of how to solve it if it does.
A good instructor will be wanting you to figure out the solution for yourself.
(the better you get, the closer the line is between student and teacher)
SELF DEFENCE IS PROBLEM SOLVING!
Sometimes, it’s like a game of chess. Yes you’re practising self defence or martial arts… but in training you have the luxury to stop, freeze… And think about your next move.
Think two, three, four moves ahead of your opponent.
Go back to a reset point and start again.
As an attacker, make it as difficult for your defender as possible (you can learn self defence just as well being the attacker, as you can being the defender!)… Think about how to fuck up their defence… Then plan on how to prevent them doing the same to you.
Then at the end… pressure test it all to fuck!
Watch it all fail, and fall apart!
(It’s what you want, because you don’t want it failing in a real life situation… you’re dead!)